1981 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick
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Norbert Singer, the Porsche factory's racing director, had created the Moby Dick 935 in order to comply with FIA regulations. Though, his interpretation of the rules was nearly crossing the line, and FIA inspectors had him remove the outer covers to the doors, which had made the car one complete line.
The inaugural race for the Porsche 935 Moby Dick was at the Silverstone 6 Hours in May of 1978. It easily finished in first place, a full seven laps ahead of the next competitor, which was a 935 run by a privateer.
At LeMans, the car driven by Manfred Schurti and Rolf Stommelen, finished in eight place as an oil leak kept the car from running at its true potential. After this race, the car was sent to the Porsche Museum and never raced again.
Reinhold Joest, one of Porsche's more successful privateer teams, was given the drawings for the 935/78 Moby Dick. He constructed two cars with the goal of competing for the German National Championship. The example shown is the first of those two cars. It was driven by Jochen Mass for the Joest Racing Team in 1981. It scored a 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place victory before being leased and then sold to Dr. Gianpiero Moretti.
In 1981, Moretti used the car in IMSA competition. He placed second at Mid-Ohio and Portland. It was raced in 1982 and in 1983.
Since then, the car has been treated to a complete restoration. At auction, this car was sold, selling for $440,000. In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics in Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $375,000 - $500,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for $550,000.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
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